Winter storm watch for Thurs Mar 7

From the National Weather Service office in Taunton:

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA 358 PM EST TUE MAR 5 2013

…A COASTAL STORM WILL BRING THE POTENTIAL FOR HEAVY WET SNOW AND STRONG WINDS THURSDAY INTO FRIDAY…

THERE IS STILL SOME UNCERTAINTY…BUT CONFIDENCE GROWS THAT THIS STORM WILL HAVE A MODERATE TO HIGH IMPACT ON SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND.

…WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING… THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAUNTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING.

* LOCATIONS…WINDHAM COUNTY IN CONNECTICUT…ALL OF RHODE ISLAND AND SOUTHERN AND SOUTHEASTERN PORTIONS OF MASSACHUSETTS. THE HIGHEST CONFIDENCE IS IN THE PROVIDENCE TO BOSTON CORRIDOR.

* HAZARD TYPES…HEAVY WET SNOW AND STRONG WINDS.

* ACCUMULATIONS…SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 6 TO 10 INCHES.

* TIMING…THIS WILL BE A LONG DURATION STORM…WITH SNOWS BECOMING HEAVIER EARLY THURSDAY MORNING INTO THE DAY THURSDAY. THE SNOW WILL GRADUALLY TAPER OFF BY THE MORNING FRIDAY.

* IMPACTS…HEAVY WET SNOW AND STRONG WINDS WILL LEAD TO DIFFICULT DRIVING CONDITIONS AS WELL AS INCREASE THE LIKELIHOOD FOR POWER OUTAGES.

* WINDS…NORTHEAST 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH…THE HIGHEST GUSTS WILL BE OVER SOUTH COASTAL LOCATIONS.

* TEMPERATURES…IN THE LOWER 30S.

* VISIBILITIES…IN HEAVIER BANDS OF SNOW…VISIBILITY MAY DIP TO A HALF MILE OR LESS AT TIMES.

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